Live your Truth

When is the last time you lied? How did it make you feel after?

Did the person you lied to find out? How did they feel after?

Lying has become a natural part of everyday life for a lot of people. Whether it’s a constant stream of lies, big and small, or the little white lie from time to time.

No matter the form it comes in, lying will do nothing but harm. It puts an individual in a place of cognitive dissonance; holding two or more beliefs at once. This puts stress on the brain and inevitably, the body.

When we lie, that negative energy sends stress signals to the brain and gets stored as tension within the body. This causes headaches, trouble sleeping, muscle tension, and even sore throats as our vishuddhi (throat chakra) becomes closed off.

When the vishuddhi is blocked, it prevents an individual from expressing what they think and feel. This also blocks the flow of energy from the chakras below it, keeping one from expressing love for others and themselves. It also blocks the natural flow of giving, accepting, and receiving in all aspects of life.

Lying puts the liar in a cage, holding them back from living their personal truth. Have you ever lied about yourself out of fear of what others would think? How was your relationship with those people? When someone doesn’t speak their truth from the heart, it harms the relationships with those around them. It can even distance one from themselves, as they put themselves in categories and labels, limiting full potential.

Choosing to always speak the truth is vital to living an abundant, happy life. It will deepen relationships with others and with oneself. Doesn’t it feel amazing to express yourself fully, free of shameful feeling? You deserve to live that way all the time!

Start by addressing why it is you may lie. What situations are you in when lying occurs most often? Are there individuals you lie to more than others? Are there parts of yourself you hide through lies?

When you begin to break down why it is you may lie, you open up the floodgates to a life of self-love and living up to your fullest potential. Whatever it may be that causes you to lie: accept it, change it, or release it if it no longer serves you! Be you fully with no regrets, regardless of what people think. If you aren’t satisfied with your pumpkin spice latte, tell the barista! If you just got your first boyfriend/girlfriend but are afraid what your parents will think, tell them! They’ll find out eventually and will appreciate you telling the truth. Are you actual 45 instead of 25? Let the world know how many years, good or bad, you have made it through and how many more you will live being unregretfully you!

You deserve to live your best life. You deserve to love yourself and the environment you surround yourself with. Start letting that loving energy flow and live to your fullest truth.

“The real things haven’t changed. It is still best to be honest and truthful; to make the most of what we have; to be happy with simple pleasures; and have courage when things go wrong.”
Laura Ingalls Wilder

Thank you for reading! If you have any questions or comments feel free to post them below!

Danielle x

Why are you really eating?

I’ve always struggled with overeating. As a child it was the average sugar addiction, or having family tell me I must eat all of my food before leaving the table. Growing up, I attributed the habit to everything tasting too amazing to stop eating, “treat yo self,” and health issues, such as depression and lack of proper nutrition.

Through this past year I have cleaned up my act considerably (always room for improvement!) yet, overeating has still followed me. With all of the surface layers of unhealthy habits and mindsets shed, I have come to realize the core reason to attribute to this habit. Stress.

It seemed silly I couldn’t realize this sooner, especially since it is a widespread problem for many people. That is why there is an entire type of cuisine called “comfort food” after all. Nonetheless, I am grateful it has come into my attention, so I can understand and work past it.

Sitting down for a meal forces me to momentarily forget what was happening and focus on what I am doing (eating). As I have learned to eat mindfully, the act of sitting for a meal has become a meditation that I quickly, and subconsciously, learned to abuse.

Now that I am aware of this poor habit, I will work to overcome it using these two simple steps:

  1. Drink water 30 minutes before an intended meal.

This allows enough time to allow cravings to pass and settle my digestive system in case I decide I am still hungry after.

  1. Meditate for at least 10 minutes before a meal

To settle the mind and check in with the body to make sure I am truly hungry, and not craving something to suppress emotions.
Have any of you experienced this situation, or are currently working through it? Leave a comment below! I would love to hear from you.

 

Thank you,

Danielle

Let’s Talk About Poop

If you’re anything like me, then nothing upsets you more than not being able to poop.

Imagine: You’ve gone a day or two…. Or three…. Without pooping. As more time passes and the more you eat, the more tired and irritable you find yourself. Finally the time comes when you get to go to the bathroom and release the load. Ahhhh, that release felt so good it makes you high for a moment. You’re relieved, filled with more energy and… ready to eat more. The cycle starts again, but you just can’t figure out why you feel like shit all the time. It might be because you’re holding onto so much!

My whole life I have dealt with digestive troubles, and especially, trouble going poop. For a long time I was going maybe once or twice a week. I was bloated, lazy, and in a bad mood around the clock. This went on up until the time I cut meat and dairy out of my diet. Even still, I wasn’t going poop as regularly as one should.

Recently I began paying more attention to how often I use the restroom in comparison to how much, and what, I have been eating. When I eat more, I poop less; no matter how healthy or fibrous my meal may have been. This is especially true if I spent the day mostly sedentary.

The human stomach, on average, is only .94 L, or a quarter gallon, in size. It is true that it can stretch and accommodate, but that doesn’t mean you should stuff it to maximum capacity. I’m not trying to tell you to starve yourself, if you’re truly hungry then by all means, eat! What I am aiming at though is that you should be mindful when you sit down for a meal, and tune into your bodies signals.

The digestive system is sensitive. Just as you need to take time to rest, so does your digestion. There are little things you can incorporate into your day-to-day life to give your tummy a break, and allow your system to ease its way back to normal. Below are some tips on how to slow down and make it a bit easier to follow intuition at meal times.

Skip Those Last Few Bites if You Already Know You’re Going to Pay For It.

Ever eat a meal that tastes so good you just have to eat all of it, but two-thirds of the way through you’re thinking about how bad your tummy will hurt if you finish the last bite? Just stop. Save yourself the pain. If you find yourself hungry again a while later, have at it.

Eat Slower to Allow Your Stomach Time to Say “I’m Full!” to the Brain.

This will also prevent the dreaded habit of over-eating. It takes approx. 30 minutes to tell when you’re satisfied enough to stop eating. Take your time with your food. Savor, enjoy, and experience it. When you stop rushing to eat and limit distractions at meal times, it becomes a lot easier to eat until you’re satisfied rather than stuffed.

Start with Smaller Portion Sizes to Prevent Over-Eating.

If you’ve waited a few minutes and are still hungry, have another small portion. It’s not about starving yourself, but pacing yourself.
If You Aren’t Hungry, Don’t Eat!

For a long time I would eat simply because it was breakfast/lunch/dinner time. As I’ve taken time to wait for my body to tell me if it’s hungry or not I’ve noticed myself eating less and retaining more energy. This also gives your body more time to clear out the last meal and prep itself for the next.
Differentiate Cravings from Real Hunger.

If you find yourself unable to tell if your hunger is real or a product of wanting that piece of chocolate because it just looks soooo good… take 10. Focus on breathing for a bit and if you still find that your tummy is demanding fuel after 10 minutes, listen and proceed to munching.


Minimize Intestinal Traffic

If you know it has been awhile since you have gone to the bathroom, take a break. Focus on drinking water and small snacks (if you absolutely need something to eat) like prunes or raisins to allow your digestions current residents to move out.

Drink More Water.

A no brainer. If you’re dehydrated, so is your colon. Imagine going down a water slide without the water. Think it would work as well?

Eat More Insoluble Fiber.

This is what is going to bulk and push out your load. Think prunes, raisins, flax seeds, apples, oats, and blackberries. It’s also a good idea to end your day with some vegetables to act as a broom, and clean up those intestines. Try a simple salad of romaine lettuce, tomatoes, onions, and cucumbers.

For a dressing try:

  • ½ Avocado
  • 1 TBSP Coconut Aminos
  • 1 TBSP Lemon Juice
  • 4 TBSP Hemp Seeds

Blend and add water to desired consistency. Keep in mind you don’t have to use it all!

Skip the Breakfast Bagel, Try a Green Juice.

Getting in the habit of a daily green juice is a fantastic way to flood the body with the nutrition it needs to function. They quickly absorb into the body, detoxify, alkalize, and aid in natural weight loss.

How You Feel Emotionally is Held in Your Body.

If you’re always stressed, anxious, or tense you will feel it in your body. When I stop taking time for myself to rest and recuperate, I find myself getting constipated. Then I stress because I’m constipated! Trust that your body knows what it’s doing. Take time for yourself. Your body, and your sanity, will appreciate it! Try meditating, a warm bath, a facial, or simply lay out on the couch and hum along to your favorite chill tune.

 

When the body is working harmoniously, your mind soon follows. You only have one body! Take good care of it and it will take care of you.

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Thank you for reading,

Danielle